I’m not familiar with the work of the good Mr. Lewis, but this article at Huffington Post is quite something. Here are some lowlights:
Look at his military biography.
Though he graduated in 1974 — this four-star general didn’t see ANY military combat until 2003! (He has commanded several mechanized and light infantry units though!)
In his first three decades of dedicated military service — he fearlessly protected American interests in:
+ Vicenza, Italy
+ Princeton University, New Jersey
+ Georgetown, D.C.
+ Fort Stewart, Georgia
+ Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
+ Fort Campbell, Kentucky
+ Fort Polk, Louisiana.
+ Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Can you recall even a single attack on any of those places while General Petraeus was in command? No sir — you cannot. No enemy even DARED to attack a location where David Petraeus was running the show!
Obviously, Mr. Lewis knows a lot about the military and has a long list of other generals with much more combat command experience. (If you want to play the game, you could probably argue pretty successfully that peacekeeping-type missions in Kuwait, Haiti, and Bosnia-Herzegovina are just as valuable (or more valuable) to the current phase of the Iraq campaign as leading tank divisions blitzing the Republican Guard in 1991 was…)
Look — it takes true genius to have managed to avoid serving in any armed conflicts in his first 29 years in the service. And it’s that kind of genius that we need in Iraq.
Something tells me that Mr. Lewis is being sarcastic. And he shows a picture of Petraeus, calling his pins, medals, and ribbons “BLING”.
If he can wrangle all those ribbons and medals for himself by being in change of trucks and tanks in rural America – he MUST know what he’s doing!
It must be very inspiring to the 160,000 troops under his command in Iraq.
And – even if a few thousand more die over the next few years – who better than General Petraeus to get them some posthumous bling? They can have their coffins lined with fancy ribbons! Which will be a great comfort to their families…
And the thousands more troops who will be maimed will at least have something colorful to cover up their more ugly looking wounds.
So here’s to General David Petraeus. A general to die for…
Please don’t comment about Mr. Lewis is a clueless hack or has a history of misunderstanding all things military. It’s obvious.
But don’t question his patriotism.